6 Budget Vacation To Take After Lockdown Ends
While many of us dream of traveling the world (or at least taking a few months off from work in pursuit of adventure), it’s not always feasible, even for those with the best of intentions. A lot of things can get in the way.
It doesn't get more affordable than camping, and the views from the North Rim of Arizona's Grand Canyon National Park are priceless. After trekking the trails that weave through this 277-mile-long park and exploring the Cave of the Domes on Horseshoe Mesa – the only in-park cave that is open to the public – peruse the shops and art galleries in Grand Canyon Village. The Grand Canyon's entrance fee covers many of the park's activities, but you can save even more by visiting on one of the National Park Service's free entrance days.
Olympic National Park
With nearly 1 million acres to explore, Olympic National Park in northwest Washington state offers visitors panoramic views of glacier-capped mountains and temperate rainforests. Popular activities include fishing, exploring tide pools, hiking and stargazing. Travelers may even get the chance to spot wild animals like elk, black bears, gray whales and bald eagles while making their way through the park. For the warmest weather and mostly sunny conditions, visit between July and August.
Sequoia National Park
Sequoia National Park's varied terrain is home to all kinds of wildlife, including bobcats, gray foxes and bears. This park in central California is also known for its giant sequoia groves, and you're guaranteed to see hundreds of the massive namesake trees when you drive through the park. Make the most of your modestly priced park pass by leaving the car to explore the underground Crystal Cave and various hiking trails.
Sitting on the border of the Colorado Rockies and the Great Plains, Colorado Springs is easily accessible from all around the country. Once you arrive in this Colorado town, you can enjoy its bevy of free attractions. Picnic between the red rocks that make up the Garden of the Gods, or take a dip in the creek within North Cheyenne Cañon Park.
This Virginia town is both affordable and educational. Williamsburg and the adjacent towns of Jamestown and Yorktown make up the Greater Williamsburg Area, which features more than 400 years of valued American history. Step back in time at Colonial Williamsburg, then head to the Williamsburg Premium Outlets for a discounted shopping spree. Visit in the fall or spring to avoid extreme temperatures.
The Finger Lakes
The 11 lakes that comprise the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York are an outdoor enthusiast's playground. Must-do activities that won't break the bank include fishing at Skaneateles Lake and hiking past Watkins Glen State Park's 19 waterfalls. Visitors can also learn about auto racing at Watkins Glen International or tour the beautiful Cornell University campus. Money saved can be spent at the wineries in the region.
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